On Monday, September 30th, 2020 presidential candidate and author Marianne Williamson sat down with our children’s advocates to participate in our Facebook Live Candidate Conversation Series.
Our advocates in attendance included Jill Applegate and Emilee Harris from Every Child Matters, Sheila Hansen from the Child and Family Policy Center, Lauren Linnenbrink from the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, Denise Rathman with the National Association of Social Workers – Iowa Chapter and Tiffany Keimig from the Iowa Community Action Association.
When asked about children’s health care, Williamson said that she will make sure that every child will have access to health care as it is provided by the protection of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness stated in the Constitution. She also stated that she prefers to have a public buy-in option to provide every child with insurance. When questioned about access to affordable education, Williamson noted that we must first evaluate the causes of why child care is so expensive for parents. She also noted that she would reduce the cost of other daily necessities, so that families could afford the child care and early education bill.
Williamson responded to a question about children’s safety by stating that we must end all mass suffering and despair. By doing so, we reduce family stress and create families that have time to grow and bond together. Williamson had a similar answer when asked about family economic security, by stating again that we should address why the daily necessity costs for families are so high, and alleviate families from the bills and expenses that are crushing them. Finally, when asked about ensuring the equal opportunity of all children regardless of their background, Williamson stated that many children are left behind and forgotten for a multitude of reasons, noting that as president, she would do everything in her power to make sure that this does not happen.
To hear our full conversation with Marianne Williamson, watch the video above.
The Children’s Policy Coalition is calling on every presidential candidate to address the issues affecting children and families. Candidate responses are shared here for informational purposes only. The Children’s Policy Coalition does not endorse candidates or parties. We’re caucusing for kids!